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Top News Story!
Posted: 2:57 am PDT September 20, 2010
Updated: 1:50 pm PDT September 23, 2010
Ruslan Zhgenti was killed Friday, September 17, 2010 at 1 a.m. in the morning by an off-duty Henderson, Nevada police officer, Edward Little - who was with Zhgenti's estranged wife when Zhgenti arrived.
The incident was the fourth officer-involved shooting by Henderson police this year. In April, police fired at but missed a state Fire Marshal's investigator who fired at officers. In June six officers shot and killed a woman after she allegedly tried to hit them with her car. A month later police shot a man who was waving a gun around in his front yard next to his son. Coroner's inquest juries ruled the latter two shootings were justified.
The officer in Friday's incident has been placed on paid routine administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation.
Conn. Shooting Rampage!
August 4, 2010
In a phone call to his mom after in the early hours of Tuesday morning, the man suspected of shooting eight of his co-workers at Hartford Distributors in Manchester, Conn., reportedly said, "I killed the five racists that were bothering me." Then he took his own life. Prior to the shooting, he told friends and relatives that coworkers had scrawled racist epithets on a bathroom wall and a hung a stick-figure effigy in a miniature noose.
Managers had confronted Thornton Tuesday morning with video that showed him stealing beer. After agreeing to resign from his job as a truck driver, Thornton stood up, went into the company's kitchenette, then pulled at least one gun from a lunch box and began firing, according to police. All of his victims were white men over the age of 50, the police added.
Thornton, a black man, "was very sensitive about his race," Ms. Hannah said. "If you called him a n----r, he would go off," she said. "But he kept it inside. He kept it all bottled up." "Everyone of [the victims] was a person I heard Omar mention," Thornton's girlfriend, Kristi Hannah (a White woman) told the media. "He didn't go around randomly shooting people. He knew these were the people who harassed him."
August 3, 2010
MANCHESTER, Conn. – A warehouse driver who was asked to resign his job at a beer distributor went on a shooting rampage Tuesday morning that left nine people dead, including himself, and others wounded, company and state officials said. The number of dead was confirmed by a Connecticut government official who was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to the Press on the condition of anonymity. Authorities were notifying victims' relatives before confirming the number of deaths, state police Lt. J. Paul Vance said.
The driver had worked at the distributor for a couple of years and been called in for a disciplinary hearing, said John Hollis of the Connecticut Teamsters, who was with company officials at the scene of the shooting. Hollis would not say why the driver was being disciplined. About 50 to 70 people were in the warehouse during a shift change when the gunman opened fire, said Brett Hollander, the director of marketing at Hartford Distributors. Adding to the chaos was a fire at the warehouse, about 10 miles east of Hartford, that has been put out. Hollander, whose family owns the distributor, said he did not know the driver well. At least one person died at Hartford Hospital, spokeswoman Michaela Donnelly said. Another victim taken there was in critical condition, and one was in fair condition, she said.
Among the victims was Hollander's cousin, a vice president at the company who was shot in the arm and the face. Hollander said he thought his cousin would be OK. It was not clear if he was among the victims taken to Hartford Hospital. Police officers from numerous agencies and police and fire vehicles surrounded the warehouse, on a tree-lined road in an industrial park just west of a shopping mall. A SWAT team with a police dog was walking around the property a couple of hours after the 7 a.m. shooting. Families of workers gathered at the town high school to wait for information and comfort each other. In a statement, Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell offered condolences to the victims' families and co-workers. "We are all left asking the same questions: How could someone do this? Why did they do this?" she said.
I refuse to advocate on behalf of White racist employers. Most White American employers are racist. I once worked for a White, family owned, large company. There were about three (3) black men employed there, plus myself for a total of four out of several hundred. I remember my last month working for the company. They hired a White guy at double my hourly wage and laid me off a week later. They had the nerve to say: “We’ll get you back on the team shortly.” I was thinking otherwise. However, Black men need to realize that “We” (you and I) can distribute our own beer. After centuries of racism, economic disenfranchisement and blatant brutality from Whites, Black people are still psychologically dependent upon White people for basic survival (this is the Black man’s fault, not the White man’s). Knowing that a White owned company is not necessary for “Our” (mines or your) survival, I cannot condone or excuse Mr. Thornton’s behavior.
Mr. Thornton claims racism, but he was in a common-law relationship with a White Woman. I truly believe White Americans remain as racist as they were during the inception of slavery. As a result, I would never date a White woman. [Even if you find yourself incompatible with Black women, that's no excuse to date White women (there's Asian, Hispanic, Arab and many other women of color available)]. You associate with the race you date. For example, you rarely see black couples associating with White people, or vice versa. We know that Black men who date White Women, identify with and hold White racism to be factual in its principle basis (i.e., Black people are bad people). He earned a wage and shared it with the White community. He was never under any obligation to share his earned income with Whites, nor was he obligated to associate with them in his free time. He willingly chose to do this, yet he claims racism. Every black person I know who associates, or assimilates into the White culture, tempers their persona to demonstrate to Whites “that they are not like other Black people.”
[Little (true) story: A wealthy White man from Seattle hired a couple of Black guys from California to kill his White, wealthy business partner. The black guys carried out the murder. They got caught. One black guy decided to testify against the White guy and his other co-defendant (he received a sentence of 25 years-to-life in prison with a guarantee the prosecution would not oppose his parole; the other black guy got sent to death row). The black guy who testified was an assimilationist. He loved Whites, but showed nothing but contempt and disdain for Blacks. I once heard him say: “I’m not like other black people.” He said it in a manner to convey that he didn’t conduct himself in that “God awful way that Blacks conduct themselves.” However, I don’t think he realized how true his statement was. I’VE NEVER MET OR ASSOCIATED WITH BLACK PEOPLE WHO DO CONTRACT KILLINGS. The White man, In the first trial, the jury deadlocked at 9-3 for conviction. The second time, jurors voted 11-1 for acquittal. The prosecution declined to try a third time. The White guy walked free. (See: http://www.seattlepi.com/archives/1989/8901230739.asp – Read more: http://www.modbee.com/2009/10/17/897795/jardine-accused-shouldnt-expect.html#ixzz0vfRlVbdb)
Racism is racism. Stealing beer is stealing beer. White racism holds that “All Blacks steal” (To White people, stealing is defined as a minority (particularly blacks) unlawfully depriving a White person of their property. It does not involve a White person “stealing” from minorities). Mr. Thornton did his best to assimilate into the White culture (he reminds me of Bill Cosby, Ward Connerly and Clarence Thomas) then he got caught stealing. By his own actions, he proved those Whites he loved and cared about so much, to be right about “black people stealing.” He knew that the Whites would put the word out that “he’s the type of “Black person” that steals (only Mike Jordan, Bill Cosby, Ward Connerly and Clarence Thomas don’t steal, the rest of us Blacks, … well we steal). Mr. Thornton killed to save face. He planned the racism excuse in advance. His goal was an attempt to reconnect with the Black community (after shunning the black community and assimilating into the white community during his life) after death. After all, racism resonates and strikes a chord in the black community.]
Save the racism claims for when they are just and proper. Mr. Thornton was caught on tape stealing beer just like Johannes Mehserle was caught on tape killing Oscar Grant.
--Harry J. Williby, Editor-in-Chief
Special News Report Master Serial Killer
July 28, 2010
The indictment of a UPS worker has stunned the Maryland community where two mother-daughter pairs were murdered in a two-month period. "To do this without knowing a person, that you could be so evil, not knowing a person and you want to do this, that is so sad to be so evil," said Rosa Smith, mother of Delores DeWitt, who was killed in March. Jason Thomas Scott, 27 (pictured left) was charged Tuesday in the murder of Delores and Ebony Dewitt, a mother and daughter who were found in a burning car in March 2009. A Prince Georges grand jury returned a seven-count indictment against Scott, including two counts of murder and two counts of burglary. Law enforcement sources said they believe Scott also killed Karen and Karissa Lofton two months prior in their locked home. Authorities believe Scott had been leading a double life, working at UPS by day, but also allegedly using his computer skills to research police forensic tactics and possibly using his UPS database to research alleged victims. UPS officials said they have yet to be questioned.
The horror began Jan. 26, 2009, in Prince Georges County, Maryland, as an intruder neutralized the Loftons' home alarm system and slipped inside. Karen Lofton, a 45-year-old nurse, was fatally shot as she tried to hide in a corner. Her daughter Karissa, 16, was repeatedly shot as she frantically dialed 911 from her bed. Police were perplexed. The doors were locked and there were no signs of forced entry. Neighbors were terrified. "Until they catch him, I will be afraid," said one woman.
On March 16, the bodies of Delores Dewitt, a 42-year-old nurse, and her 20-year-old daughter, Ebony, were found in a burning car less than a mile away from the Loftons' home. The car had been stolen that day. The Dewitts lived within a mile of the Loftons. "She [Delores] was a beautiful person, had a beautiful spirit and was just a wonderful person all around. And so was Ebony," said a friend at a memorial service for the Dewitts. "My heart is aching. I am hurting because I lost a friend," said another grieving attendee.
Five Murders in Nine Months
"We don't have any evidence this is a serial killer but the coincidences between these cases are very strong," said a police officer after the Dewitts' bodies were found. An FBI profiler thought that the killer had acted differently in each case and that the cases were probably not linked. Still the residents of Prince Georges County knew something horrible was happening.
"I have daughters who are driving now and I'm afraid for them," said one neighbor. "I tell them to lock their doors when they get in the cars. I don't want them walking alone at nighttime."
Authorities suspect that Scott also killed Vilma Artis Butler, who was found dead in her burning home in Bowie, Md., in June 2008. Some police worry that Scott might be responsible for other unsolved deaths in Washington, D.C., Texas and Florida, where he is also known to have frequented. He has a degree in computer science at the University of Maryland and had worked at UPS. According to law enforcement sources, Scott may have used the company's database to help select victims. He lived close to the Dewitts in Upper Marlboro, Md. Susan C. Aldridge, president of the University of Maryland University College, released this statement: "We were disturbed and deeply saddened to learn that evidence links these horrible crimes to a graduate of this institution. .... Our deepest sympathies go out to the families and friends of the victims."
Sources tell Corrupt Justice™ that police found material on Scott's computer that revealed he was researching police investigative tactics and forensic capabilities. Police suspect that Scott used bleach to clean his crime scenes and arson to destroy evidence. They also suspect that he altered the placement of the bodies to confuse people.
He was arrested in July 2009 in a UPS parking lot after the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives got a tip that he was selling weapons out of the trunk of his vehicle. He was charged with selling 14 stolen guns including pistols, assault weapons, silencers and a machine gun. He remains jailed on weapons and carjacking charges. The investigation eventually led authorities to an old mansion that police believe served as a thieves' lair. It was there, sources say, that investigators found evidence linking him to the crime scenes of the murders of the Loftons and Dewitts.
Jason Thomas Scott: 'A Bad History'
"It all started around when he was 10 years old. Peeping Tom, recording people when they were sleep or undressing," said an Upper Marlboro neighbor. "Then it went from breaking and entering, stealing vehicles. Somehow being very, very intelligent led him to a very bad history." Scott has a long criminal record, including charges of armed robbery and multiple charges of burglary. Scott is being held in the Prince George's detention center and will be arraigned in a few days. If he is a serial killer, the new question facing investigators is whether they caught him at the start of his reign of terror or whether there many more victims to be found.
Similarities and Stark Differences
Authorities wondered whether this was the work of a serial killer. There were similarities -- two mother-daughter pairs; two nurses in their 40s -- but also stark differences. The Loftons were shot in their home in what appeared to be a controlled, planned execution. The Dewitts might have been killed in a random act of violence, perhaps a carjacking. It was unknown whether they had also been shot.
July 25, 2010
(WCJB) – When two mother-daughter pairs were murdered in early 2009 in Largo, Maryland, local detectives and an FBI profiler declared the killings unrelated—because, police have now realized, they were duped by a well-read serial killer with two master's degrees whose extensive research had taught him how to throw detectives off track. The killer, whose name is not being released, will be remembered as "one of America's most infamous killers," a Maryland police chief says.
By studying books about forensic science, the killer learned how to clean up his crime scenes. He also intentionally changed his killing methods from victim to victim so detectives wouldn't think his crimes were the work of the same person, the Washington Post reports. Besides the four Largo murders, police suspect he may be linked to other crimes in Washington, DC, Texas, and Florida. The man is currently in police custody on weapons and sexual assault charges, but has not yet been charged with any murders.
PALMER PARK, Md. (WCJB) -- The man police say is a "person of interest" in the murders of two mothers and their daughters in Maryland could be a serial killer. Chief Roberto Hyton also says once all the facts are known, the man will be known as one of the nation's most notorious criminals. The man, who has not been identified, is in custody on unrelated federal charges. In January of 2009, the bodies of 45-year-old Karen Lofton and her 16-year-old daughter Karissa were found shot in the Bowie. Less than two months later, the bodies of 42-year-old Delores Dewitt and her 20-year-old daughter Ebony were found in a burning car. The crime scenes were less than a half-mile apart.
The 27-year-old man Prince George's police say was an elusive serial killer was busted by federal authorities a year ago for selling firearms from the parking lot of his UPS job, according to sources and court records. Special agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives began investigating the man last year after they received a tip that he was showing off assault-style weapons from the trunk of his blue Toyota Camry at the United Parcel Service customer service facility in Landover, according to court documents filed in federal court in Greenbelt. Police have portrayed the man as a "brilliant" adversary. But his history is that of a mundane career criminal with gun, burglary and child porn charges on his record.
Prince George's County police said they have connected him to the two mother-daughter slayings in Largo last year. Police Chief Roberto Hylton is predicting that the Upper Marlboro man will go down as one of the "most notorious criminals in America." Police said the man killed Delores Dewitt, 42, and her 20-year-old daughter, Ebony. Their charred bodies were found March 16, 2009, in a burning car in Largo, just two months after another mother and daughter, 45-year-old Karen Lofton and 16-year-old Karissa, were found shot to death in their Largo home. Police said the man fooled an FBI profiler who ruled out a connection in the two crimes. The media quoted police sources as saying the man was a "brilliant" criminal, and holder of two master's degrees. But his father denied that, saying he only had one B.S. degree, from the University of Maryland University College. A school spokesman confirmed that the suspect did not have a master's degree, but graduated in 2008 with a bachelors degree in information systems management. After his arrest for the firearms charges, authorities searched his home where they found photos taken during a home invasion, according to law enforcement sources.
Detectives also found child pornography on a computer or cell phone. According to charging documents, the man used a gun to force a minor girl into having sex and took her photos. Police do not believe the killer knew his victims. They are investigating whether he used his position at UPS to access information and find his victims. The suspect remains behind bars on federal charges, including carjacking and child pornography, which have since been tacked on to the weapons charges. Neighbors in the tree-lined middle class community where the suspected killer grew up were shocked to learn the news Wednesday. The mother-daughter murders happened nearby. "It's freaky to think that the suspect lives right here across the street," said neighbor Diedre Moore.
November 6, 2009
FORT HOOD, Tex. -- Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the Arlington-born Army psychiatrist suspected of killing 13 people at Fort Hood (pictured left) Thursday before being shot by a civilian police officer remains hospitalized and on a ventilator, officials said Friday, as investigators probed a motive for the rampage and tried to determine whether anyone else was involved.
The dead included 12 soldiers and one civilian, Army officials said. As of 7:30 a.m. Friday, November 6, 2009, 28 people remained hospitalized, apparently including Hasan. All 28 were in stable condition, and about half had undergone surgery, said Col. Steven Braverman.
On the "Today" show, soldiers who witnessed the shooting reported that the gunman shouted, "Allahu akhbar," Arabic for "God is great," before opening fire. Officials at a news briefing a short time later would not confirm that information. Officials do not believe there were any additional people involved in planning or carrying out the rampage. However, investigators indicated Friday that they were still looking into the possibility that Hasan (pictured above) had an accomplice. Officials said they have not been able to interrogate Hasan -- a devout Muslim born to Palestinian immigrants and raised in Arlington and Roanoke of Virginia -- because of his medical condition. They have not spoken to his relatives, either, officials said. Asked if there were any other persons of interest in the shooting, one official told reporters, "There is only one remaining suspect at this point." He did not elaborate.
November 5, 2009
12 Dead, 31 Wounded!
13 killed in Fort Hood shootings
Thirteen killed (including gunman); 31 wounded
• Source: Slain gunman was Nidal Malik Hasan
• He was a psychiatrist, worked at Walter Reed
• Spokesman: 2 suspects released; 1 held
Miami Beach Miami Beach PD! Murder Conspiracy!
June 7, 2011
Florida (WCJB)-- An eyewitness to a fatal police shooting in Miami Beach last week claims police officers attempted to confiscate the video he filmed of the incident, and even crushed his phone underfoot in an attempt to destroy the recording. Narces Benoit says he just happened to be in the area driving with his girlfriend when police fatally shot an erratic driver early Memorial Day morning. He said after the disturbance started, he pulled over his truck, and started recording with his cell phone camera capturing the shooting. "When he noticed me recording, one of the officers jumped in the truck, put a pistol to my head," he said. "My phone was smashed - he stepped on it, handcuffed me."
Juan Sanchez a detective with Miami Beach Police Department said he could not comment on how officers that night handled eyewitnesses who may have filmed the incident, because the matter could become the subject of an internal investigation or a civil lawsuit. But Sanchez added that after the shooting, the site was an active crime scene and the police were looking for additional suspects.
Benoit's girlfriend, Ericka Davis, was also in the truck at the time. "They handled us like we were criminals," she said. "The officer came over to the driver's side, on my left, and just put the gun to my head." "They took everyone's phones and smashed them," she said. Benoit says the only reason he still has the footage is because it was saved on a tiny memory card, which he removed and hid from the officers, despite being told to hand over his video. "I took the chip out and put it in my mouth," he said, and kept it there the whole time he was interviewed by police at a nearby mobile command post.
His video shows an officer on a bike approaching his truck and pointing a gun directly into the camera; giving an indecipherable command; and then backing away. Another officer orders them to stop filming and get out of the truck, and then the video ends.
Benoit charged CNN a fee to license his video and air it in a news report. He has since given police a copy, he said, but is considering suing them over his treatment.
Miami Beach police say they are still investigating the fatal shooting of the driver, that Benoit captured on tape.
Police say at around 4 a.m. on Memorial Day, officers stopped Raymond Herisse in his car, but after an altercation, he sped off. Miami Beach Police Chief Carlos Noriega said that Herisse drove recklessly, striking other cars, "driving on sidewalks, and you name it." "One of the officers was struck," he told reporters. Luckily the officer was not seriously injured, he said, but the suspect posed a threat to the officers and the public, "as a situation involving deadly force."
A video posted on YouTube, which CNN cannot independently confirm, shows a commotion on a wide boulevard, as an erratically driven car comes to a stop at an intersection. Bystanders scatter as officers surround the car, with guns drawn. Then gunfire breaks out. In Benoit's video, it looks like there are muzzle flashes from the pistols of as many as a dozen officers. Herisse was killed, and four bystanders were injured by gunfire, according to Noriega. Benoit and Davis criticized the police for the number of shots they fired, in the presence of numerous bystanders.
"We could have been killed," said Davis. "They were shooting so long, you could hear their guns clicking on empty, but they kept pulling the trigger," she said. "I think that's excessive." Noriega said it was unclear whether the suspect shot at the officers, but police later recovered a gun from his car.
July 3, 2009
MIAMI BEACH - A Miami Beach police officer who shot and killed a tourist from Virginia last weekend was involved in another fatal shooting just hours after undergoing a psychological evaluation and being returned to duty, according to media reports. The officer has been identified as Adam Tavss, who has been with the department three years.
In the first shooting, Tavss (photo not available) fired at visitor Husien Shehada, 29, outside a nightclub near Washington Avenue and 15th Street. He was pronounced dead at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Police were called after reports that Shehada, a Palestinian-American on vacation with his brother and their girlfriends, may have been carrying a weapon. Some of the confrontation and the shooting were caught on video by a Twist nightclub surveillance camera. Shehada's death prompted the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee in Washington to call for an investigation.
In the first incident on June 14th two brothers – Samir and Husein Shehada -- were walking near 11th Street and Washington Avenue. Police had received reports of two men in the area wielding guns. Husein Shehada, 29, was gunned down by Miami Beach police officer Tavss around 4 a.m. Sunday. Shehada, who was visiting from Virginia, was not armed.
"He didn't do anything wrong he didn't make any quick movements it just didn't seem like there's any justification," Samir Shehada said in a phone interview from Virginia with the media. "He was my best friend. We talked everyday. We hung out all the time and to just see him alive again for the last few moments that he was on this earth it hurt me a lot."
After being temporarily relieved of duty following that Sunday (June 14, 2009) shooting, Tavss was back on the street Thursday (June 18, 2009) when he and fellow officer Frank Celestre both fired during an incident involving a man who allegedly carjacked a taxi near Alton Road and Third Street. The taxi reportedly went the wrong way down the MacArthur Causeway before crashing.
The second man shot by Tavss and Celestre has been identified as Lawrence Raymond McCoy.
Tavss and Celestre have been placed on administrative leave, police said. All the officers -- except for a volunteer -- involved in the McCoy shooting are on administrative leave. The officers are Frank Celestre, Miami Beach Public Service Specialist Gisela Tacoa. Steve Stuart, an off-duty Miami Beach Reserve Officer, is a volunteer and is not on leave.
Miami Beach Police Chief Carlos Noriega Speaks
"It is important to note that the subjects in both cases had exhibited aggressive, violent, noncompliant and criminal behavior," Miami Beach police chief Carlos Noriega (pictured above) said in a prepared statement. "It is also important to note that officers are required to make split-second decisions based on a variety of factors and can't afford to hesitate or be wrong," he said, reading the statement at police headquarters, across the street from where one man was shot.
John Contini, an attorney for the Shehada family, told the Herald that it was "unconscionable" that Tavss would be in a position where he might have to shoot to kill just days after the fatal shooting to Shehada.
"[Husien's] body is almost still warm and he's sporting a badge and a gun and discharging his firearm on the streets of South Beach yet again?" Contini told the Herald.
Tavss received support from Miami Beach Fraternal Order of Police president Sgt. Alejandro Bello.
In other police news this week [of June 21, 2009], a Miami-Dade Police officer was involved in a fatal shooting. Police said robbery detectives were called by a robbery victim Friday night about 11 p.m. The detectives discovered the suspect, who was still armed. According to police, a confrontation ensued and a detective whose name was not released fired his weapon. The suspect, whose name was also not released, was taken to a local hospital where he died.